We’re Voting Pedro 2020 [Special Screenings, Sept. 19-26]

Napoleon Dynamite. Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight

Downton Abbey. Michael Engler’s continuing story of the Crawley family, which owns a large estate in the English countryside of the early 20th century. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs.-Thurs., Sept. 19-26. Visit website for locations, show times and ticket prices.

Kerry Tribe: Double. The artist’s single-channel video work has five women who nominally resemble one another reflecting on subjects ranging from their impressions of Los Angeles to their participation in this project. Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; www.grandcentralartcenter.com. Thurs., Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

Ms. Purple. Garden Grove-born and Irvine-raised Justin Chon’s moody, heartbreaking and enlightening new drama is about a young woman (Tiffany Chu, riveting) and her estranged brother (a solid Teddy Lee) coming together to care for their dying father in a suffocating apartment in LA’s Koreatown. Edwards Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Sept. 19, 1:20, 4:35 & 8:15 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.

Volver. Frida’s Pedro Almodóvar retrospective continues with his dark dramedy about hard-working mother Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) in suburban Madrid. She deals with running a restaurant, grieving over her beloved aunt’s death and disposing of her murdered husband. Then Raimunda’s late mother may have been spotted in town. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 19, 2:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 5 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Anime Afternoons. Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs. & Thurs., Sept. 19 & 26, 6 p.m. Free.

Los Angeles Plays Itself. Thom Andersen’s 2003 documentary explores the ways the City of Angels has been depicted in film and television. He argues that directors portray LA as a character that is much different than it is in reality, diving into La La Land’s dark history. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Thurs., Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Free with museum admission ($5-$7).

Promare. GKIDS and Fathom Events present Hiroyuki Imaishi’s new anime that is set 30 years since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutants who destroyed half the world with fire. The arrival of an aggressive Mad Burnish group sets up an epic battle with the anti-Burnish Burning Rescue. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles; also included is a featurette on the Studio TRIGGER creative team. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 p.m. $11.49-$14.49.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. This 2018 documentary from directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team at its first World Baseball Classic in Seoul. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.

Hotel Transylvania.
image courtesy Sony Pictures Animation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2018 animated comedy, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and pals join a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware monster hater Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) commandeered the tub. Bayview Park, 99 Pelican Court, Newport Beach, (949) 644-3151. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

HorrorBuzz.com Presents Rob Zombie Double Feature. HorrorBuzz, your one-stop spot for all things very frightful, celebrates the release of Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell by rolling its two prequels: House of 1,000 Corpses, Zombie’s 2003 directorial debut, in which teens road-trip across rural America in search of local legend “Doctor Satan.” But they are derailed after picking up attractive hitchhiker Baby Firefly (Sherri Moon Zombie). Then comes 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects, in which Baby, Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) clash with the sheriff’s department trying to haul the murderous Firefly family in. There’s one ticket price for both movies. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7:30 p.m. $13.

Tokyo Ghoul S. In Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki’s new action fantasy, a college student (Masataka Kubota) invited to dine with a sketchy ghoul may find himself on the menu. In Japanese with English subtitles. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; also at Starlight Triangle Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 650-4300; starlightcinemas.com. Fri., 8 p.m. $6-$12.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Star/director/co-writer John Cameron Mitchell’s 2001 tour de force has him playing a transgender punker from East Berlin touring with her band in the U.S. as she recounts the story of an ex-lover/band mate who ripped off her songs. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m.$7-$10.50.

The Meg. Movies On the Bay presents Jun-Soo Park’s 2018 popcorn movie about a 75-foot-long prehistoric Megalodon shark—a.k.a. “The Meg”—busting through what was thought to be the sea floor to really piss off Jason Statham. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Sat., 6 p.m. $9.99-$15.99 (plus fees).

Bombs Away! Presents Hard Ticket to Hawaii. Watch Andy Sidaris’ low-budget ’80s action flick—which involves nudes, ninjas and cancerous killer snakes—before tearing it to shreds with the hosts of the live Bombs Away! podcast that follows. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 7 p.m. $15.

Weed the People. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s 2018 documentary is on ordinary families exploiting the benefits of cannabis to save the lives of their sick children. Viewers follow Mara Gordon, founder of the Aunt Zelda’s medical-cannabis brand that is favored by ill patients around the U.S.; she also participates in a post-screening audience Q&A. Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, 1 Federation Way, Ste. 200, Irvine, (949) 435-3400, ext. 161; jccoc.org. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $10-$15.

Wonder Park. Image courtesy Paramount Animation

Wonder Park. Dylan Brown’s animated tale involves the imagination of a wildly creative girl (voiced by Sofia Mali and Brianna Denski) that comes alive at an amusement park. Hurless Barton Park, 4601 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, (714) 961-7192. Sat., 8 p.m. Free.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The pioneering midnight movie starts with the car of sweethearts Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) breaking down near the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The transvestite scientist’s home also hosts a rocking biker (Meat Loaf), a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien) and assorted freaks, including a hunk of beefcake named “Rocky.” Live shadow-cast troupe Midnight Insanity performs. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

The Shawshank Redemption. Frank Darabont directed and adapted a Stephen King novella for this really great 1994 drama. Framed for murder and sentenced to life in prison, a mild-mannered banker (Tim Robbins) befriends a fellow inmate (Morgan Freeman) who helps him survive. Turner Classic Movies’ Ben Mankiewicz delivers exclusive commentary before and after the 25th-anniversary screening. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 4 & 7 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Apartment. Frida Volunteer of the Month Ben Tuschman’s selection is Billy Wilder’s 1960 rom-com classic about life-insurance company drone C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon), who tries to impress senior executives by working late so they can use his apartment for romantic trysts. Baxter pines for his building’s elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine), but then learns his firm’s married chief exec (Fred MacMurray) wants an apartment key so he can bang her. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Friends 25th: The One With the Anniversary. Celebrate the quarter-century anniversary of the hit NBC sitcom with a 12-episode marathon being beamed into theaters nationwide. The AMC Orange 30 is among a select number that currently have the famous Central Perk sofa in the lobby for picture taking. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Mon., 7 p.m. $15.

The Nightmare Before Christmas. Teen Movie Night presents Tim Burton’s 1993 animated musical about Halloween Town’s beloved pumpkin king Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon but sung by Danny Elfman). Bored with frightening people, he stumbles upon bright and happy Christmas Town, which gives him a new lease on life. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Tues., 6 p.m. Free.

Shaun of the Dead. Photo courtesy Rogue Pictures

Shaun of the Dead 15th Anniversary. This (Dare I say “classic?”) 2004 horror comedy introduced the wonders that are director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to those who had not seen them previously combine forces on the brilliant British TV show Spaced. A bloke (Pegg, who co-wrote the script with Wright) tries to win back his girlfriend, reconcile with his mother and—oh, yeah—fight off the zombies eating every live soul in sight. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, 32401 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, 30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 835-1888. Tues., 7 p.m. $10.

Film Trivia Night! Think of Frida’s Logan Crow and Nostalgic Nebula’s Cody Chavez as game-show hosts as teams of film-lovers try to survive eight rounds of movie trivia. Teams do not pay a fee to sign up, but they must RSVP to participate. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Catalina Film Festival. The ninth-annual Catalina Film Festival (CFF) begins in Long Beach, moves to Santa Catalina Island, then ends in Long Beach. It opens with Sam Friedlander’s comedy Babysplitters. Two couples with mixed feelings about having kids hatch a plan to share one baby. Emily Chang, Danny Pudi, Mark Feuerstein and Maiara Walsh star. An audience Q&A with the cast and crew follows. The next night brings Joe Raffa’s Dark Harbor, which is billed as a modern Hitchcockian thriller. A Maine native comes home from the big city when her father dies and finds herself in the center of his secret life. Joel McHale and Jessica Sipos star. Also included is the Wes Craven Horror Block as well as Film & New Media Summit panels on “Film Finance: Hands on Workshop” and “Making Your First Feature Film.” The fest then moves to Catalina for premieres, panels and events through Saturday, including the world premiere of Badland, starring Mira Sorvino, who will be on hand to accept a CFF award. Finally, it returns to Long Beach for the announcement of Best of Fest winning films. New this year is a streaming channel where you can watch all 67 official selections for 30 days for $7.99. (Visit filmfestivalflix.com/festival/catalina-film-channel/.) Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; www.catalinafilm.org. Wed.-Thurs. & Sun.; visit website for times and ticket prices. Various locations; www.catalinafilm.org. Fri.-Sat. Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

The Skin I Live In. The Pedro Almodóvar retrospective continues with his 2011 thriller about a renowned surgeon (Antonio Banderas) keeping a woman (Elena Anaya) as a guinea pig in his home so he can create “the perfect skin”—impervious to burn or injury—after losing his wife to a horrific car crash. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Sept. 26, 2:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Napoleon Dynamite. Jared Hess’ 2004 comedy is set in remote Idaho, where a quirky teenager (Jon Heder) masters dancing and the ways of the ninja while dealing with his uncle Rico (Jon Gries) and brother Kip (Aaron Ruell), the affections of Deb (Tina Majorino), and the student-body election looming for his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez). Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $10.

Rudy. David Anspaugh’s 1993 sports-history drama is about the grueling quest of “five-feet-nothin’, a hundred-and-nothin’-pound” Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin), who tries to make the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Sept. 26, 1 p.m. Free.

Finding Farideh. UC Irvine’s Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture’s Docunight presentation is Kourosh Ataee and Azadeh Moussavi’s film about a young Iranian woman returning to her motherland for the first time since she was 6 months old. Abandoned in a holy shrine in Iran in 1976, Farideh was adopted by a Dutch couple and raised in the Netherlands. She returns to Iran to meet three families who claim to be her biological family. In Persian with English subtitles. A wine-and-snacks reception follows the film. UC Irvine, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Free.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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